This morning there are various articles here and there cataloguing the best April Fools Day pranks from yesterday. (I'm afraid I didn't really get the YouTube one, because, try as I might, I'm not up on my viral videos.)
Our award goes to Joerg Colberg at Conscientious for "Coming Soon: The Complete Winogrand." It's sort of an insider's inside joke: you have to know who Winogrand was and that he was a notoriously heavy shooter (he actually left slightly less than 9,000 undeveloped rolls of film when he died, not 2,500), and it gently lampoons various over-the-top publishing ventures such as Benedikt Taschen's Helmut Newton Sumo and Gerhard Steidl's Frank Project, which recently extended to a book that publishes the amateur snapshots of Robert Frank's father, Henry Frank (I know that sounds like a lampoon too, but it's true).
(There's a wimp version of Sumo for those of you not in the habit of spending the price of a small car on a single volume. It's a mere 4 1/2 inches thick and less than 16 lbs. As for the Frank Project, you pick and choose, you pick and choose.)
(Thanks to JC)
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Featured Comment by Bob: "One of the best 'photo fools' was that perpetrated by the U.K. mag Amateur Photographer in the 1950s...they published a landscape where a cat had come to sit in the foreground just as the shot was taken. AP mentioned that the cat was a new photo accessory that could be inflated and placed for foreground interest. The joke backfired when several thousand readers all wrote in to ask where they could buy one!"
Featured Comment by ian: "Amusingly, 'Taschen' means pocket, as in pocket-sized edition."